Weeknight Cooking

The Best of My Broke Kitchen

December 10, 2014

Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety. 

Today: Before she passes on the Broke Kitchen torch, Gabriella shares some of her favorite posts. 

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I have some sad news today: This is my last post for My Broke Kitchen

No, I haven't suddenly come upon a windfall of money. I won't be leaving you to lounge elegantly on a waterbed filled with Dom Pérignon while Bradley Cooper spoon-feeds me truffle risotto. I'll still be making potfuls of rice and beans, roasting root vegetables, and lazing on the couch in leggings while my boyfriend watches me shotgun a pizza. 

In two weeks, you'll be in Catherine Lamb's capable hands. But before I go, I wanted to give you a roundup of my favorite tips from My Broke Kitchen's glory days.

Toast for dinner makes you feel like a grown-ass person without having to do any work. Plus, you don't have to use utensils. 

If you're broke, or you don't live in New York, you can still make some renowned restaurant dishes in your home. Thanks, internet. (Bonus tip: They taste better if you pretend your dog is the waiter.)  

Ramen is so good. No, not that kind of ramen. Get your head out of the instant food gutter. 

So are other kinds of soup. Get on it.  

More: Check out the entire archive of Broke Kitchen articles!

Just because cauliflower is ugly doesn't mean it's not tasty, and versatile. So make it all the time. 

Stop being so scared of tofu, you wimp. 

Eat pasta all the time. It's impossibly cheap, and it always hits the spot. 

Put an egg on it! 

More: Try throwing an egg onto a humble slice of avocado toast.

If you're still spending $10 on a mediocre lunch every day, you need to not be doing that.  

Thanks for reading.

Do you have a favorite My Broke Kitchen article? Let's reminisce in the comments!

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Hannah N. December 11, 2014
Hope nothing but good things are headed your way!
Haley S. December 10, 2014
The end of an era! I will think of you fondly when I make my own ramen tonight. Get after it, Catherine Lamb!
Sheila E. December 10, 2014
This is a fabulous collection, so fab that I shared, pinned and tweeted. May your future be bright and pleasing.
Gabriella P. December 10, 2014
Thanks Sheila. You too!
Deedledum December 10, 2014
I'll miss your voice too-thanks for all you've done. I too am glad the column will carry on. Keep on keepin' on...
Gabriella P. December 10, 2014
Thank you thank you!
Alexandra S. December 10, 2014
Will miss your writing Gabriella! But am happy to hear your column will be kept up by Catherine. All the best to you!
Gabriella P. December 10, 2014
Thanks Ali! I'll be in touch.
Catherine L. December 10, 2014
so excited and honored to be taking the torch from you. Also, I don't know about you, but that "shotgun a pizza" line immediately put me in mind of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQDad31iu2o
Gabriella P. December 10, 2014
So looking forward to seeing what you'll write!

And yes. 1000x yes. Please make a Cheesy Blaster. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1W8R5TSNNk
Rémy R. December 10, 2014
Gaby, I will miss your writing, and Catherine, I'm excited to see your writing more often! CAN YOU BOTH JUST STAY